May 18, 2014
PRINCETON, N.J. - Megan Gemar shattered the Academy record in the pole vault in a second-place finish in the women's meet, and Clyde Wilsonwas runner-up in the men's 800-meter run as Army closed out the weekend on a successful note at the IC4A and ECAC Championships hosted at Princeton's Weaver Stadium.
Gemar, who entered the weekend with the second highest mark of 3.72 meters in school history in the pole vault, turned in an outstanding performance clearing 3.87 meters (12-08.25)at the ECAC Championships on Sunday. She tied with Robert Morris' Bethany Bedford for first-place honors, but lost to Bedford for the title on fewer misses.
Just a sophomore, Gemar smashed the previous Academy mark of 3.75 set by Kaci Clarkin 2011.
It is the second straight year that Wilson finished runner-up in the 800-meter run at the IC4As. He clocked a time of 1:49.81 in the finals, trailing the winning mark of 1:49.74 recorded by UMBC's Andrew Smith.
Army's 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Jose Santana, Matt Green, Patrick Taylor and Chris Smith, finished sixth with a time of 3:12.31. That foursome headed into the finals ranked eighth among the qualifiers.
Rounding out Army's competitors on Sunday were Jennifer Comfort and Peter Miller. Comfort placed seventh in the 1500-meter run following her second fastest time of the season (4:28.9), and Miller recorded a toss of 59.46 meters (195-01) in the javelin as he finished 18th among a field of 31 competitors.
Army will await all results to be tabulated from the weekend in order to determine who qualified for the NCAA Championship First Round. To qualify, an athlete must rank within the top 48 in the NCAA East Region. This year's NCAA East Regional is scheduled for May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.